How to disable / reactivate Folder Options in Windows Vista or Windows 7

If you are in the situation want to deactivate / reactivate Folder Options (For various reasons, among which the most important is privacy/restricting access to personal files of other users), Then surely you need the following instructions:

Deactivate / Reactivate Folders Options via Local Group Policy Editor

  • open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) And click (on line) on User Configuration-> Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Explorer (Left pane of the window)

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  • in the right pane, right click on Removes the Folder Options menu from the Tools Menu and select Edit (or Properties)
  • in the open window, select Enabled and then click on OK


  • to restore the Folder Options, select or Disabled ori not Configured and then click on OK.

If you were one edition users Windows HomeProbably already know (or are now) you can not access Group Policy Editor. In this case, you can deactivate / reactivate only via the Folders Options registry system.

Deactivate / Reactivate Folders using Registry Editor Options (registry editor)

  • open registry Editor (type: regedit in Searchacquis in Start Menu and give Enter), Then follow the path HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer (If you can not find Explorer, Right click on Policies, select New then select Key, type Explorer and give Enter)


  • in the right pane create DWORD entry (32-bit) NoFolderOptionsThen modify the value in 1 (right-click on entry->Modify)


  • to restore the Folder Options delete entry NoFolderOptions (Follow the same path you followed to off)
  • then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer and delete the entry in the right pane NoFolderOptions (Where it exists, if not, close the registry)


  • restart your computer

If you have experience in using the registry, we recommend download these fisiere.reg and then double-click on it to disable or re-enable Folder Options:

Download DisableFolderOptions.

Download EnableFolderOptions.

Note: Before modify the registry, you should make a backup of them to avoid any unpleasant consequences that may arise as a result of mistakes (open regedit, Click on File in the upper left corner and select Export from the menu. Choose a location - preferably at hand - where save the file. regAnd in case of error double-click on this file to repair registry).

This tutorial has not been tested on Windows XP, so we do not recommend using the registry method from any XP edition.

How to disable / reactivate Folder Options in Windows Vista or Windows 7

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